Gotham



Rage Scale

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Season 1 rating: 82/100

Season 2 rating: 84/100

Season 3 rating: 88/100

Season 4 rating: 94/100

Season 5 rating: 99/100


TV Series Info

Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. 


Cast

(First 13)

Ben McKenzie James Gordan Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Donal Logue Harvey Bullock Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
David Mazouz Bruce Wayne Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Sean Pertwee Alfred Pennyworth Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Robin Lord Taylor Oswald Cobblepot/ Penguin Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Camren Bicondova Selina Kyle Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Cory Michael Smith Edward Nigma/ The Riddler Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Erin Richards Barbara Kean Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Morena Bacarrin Leslie Thompkins Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Chris Chalk Lucius Fox Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Drew Powell Butch Gilzean/ Solomon Grundy Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Jessica Lucas Tabitha Galavan Season 2, 3, 4 and 5
Michael Chiklis Nathaniel Barnes Season 2 and 3

Rage Reviews

Season 1

Origin: 23/25

This is a series that will show you the other parts of the DC universe that you don’t tend to see. Theres a great variety of characters that have all got different agendas. Right now, its not got the wow factor that many of the comics possess, but it is going in the right direction. I loved the different areas of the Gotham it takes you too, showing that theres more to the city than just Wayne Manner.

Story: 18/25

A bit of a slow start for the series, it had a lot to establish, from Bruce’s parents murder to showing the crime world and all their characters. The drama was ok, and the arc of the story is going in the right direction. I did like how Bruce takes a back burner and you get to see some less familiar faces enter the spotlight. The story is your classic trying to be king of the hill scenario. The bit I liked the most was the origin of each character, like Oswald Cobblepot, he has an interesting journey to power.

Camera/SFX: 21/25

A very dark atmosphere throughout, which was good. It made Gotham feel like slums and it gave it character. Some CGI wasn’t the best, the series did well at natural shots, but they need to improve effects if they are to show more of DC’s supernatural. I felt the the effects and lighting were similar to the movie Watchmen, also made by Warner Bros. However, it was kept more PG.

Performance: 20/25

My favourite in season 1 was Donal Logue, he suited the sloppy and funny character of Harvey Bullock. Donal paired with ben McKenzie made for a great TV duo. The younger cast do well to keep a convincing performance, they do lose it sometimes, but the older cast are there to keep it flowing. Robin Lord Taylor is taking to the character of Penguin very well, in later seasons hopefully he will develop the character into a hardened crime boss. I felt some lower credited cast had some odd lines that didn’t seem to fit the script or what the story was trying to accomplish. 

Season 2

Origin: 23/25

This where they start to progress into the more supernatural parts of the DC comics. It seemed to be a tough transition as some of the stuff they showed was rusty. I liked how the tried different things from the norm, giving us unfamiliar villains, but still keeping it interesting.

Story: 19/25

It seemed to drag throughout this season, one of the only things keeping it going was Penguin’s antics. This when you start to see some characters develop into the people we know them as in the future e.g. Ed Nigma into the The Riddler. I’m glad they didn’t rush this transition with Ed because it will make it even more satisfying when he does become fully Riddler. Other scenes however are lacking and need something better to drive the narrative.

Camera/SFX: 21/25

The consistency is good as they seem to know what style they want to go with. Still got some dodgy effects, like weird explosions, they do like to make them big. As they slowly discover themselves, I think you will start to see improvements as they will know what direction the show is going in. Camera shots were ok, nothing major, I would like to see more bold moves from producers, to create rememberable moments.

Performance: 21/25

The cast are slowly improving, understanding their characters is hard, especially since its earlier in their life. Ben McKenzie is becoming the bold character that he should be, which helps when confronting criminals. They start introducing more characters and this has the risk of making it rusty, some do good, others not so much. Jessica Lucas enters the cast and does a good job at being the tough killer that the character is known for.

Season 3

Origin: 24/25

Good attention to detail with new characters and locations. The Mad Hatter stands out in this season with a good look to him and an even better story arc. Other villains like Jerome Valeska start to become strong and make big improvements to the overall excitement of the series.

Story: 20/25

With high stakes this season, the tension does seem to be higher. The supernatural is becoming the biggest part of the show and so many scenes are becoming even more ridiculous than before. Bruce Wayne’s story arc is now improving, he’s discovering his dark side; I’m glad they didn’t rush it.

Camera/SFX: 22/25

With the addition of bigger action pieces there had to be better CGI and camera shots. There were some good wides and close ups of the action, this was the season I felt most tense in so far. Still some rusty effects, but they are improving, they’ve become more aware.

Performance: 22/25

Michael Chiklis becomes are villainous crazed person in this season as the executioner, he does well to change his personality as the virus takes over. With even more supernatural stuff happening the cast seem to adapt to this quite well and start developing better reactions to things and having a better array of emotions. 

Season 4 

Origin: 25/25

Great attention to detail with characters, locations and the origin of these great characters. Its been really awesome to see how these people grow into the villains and heroes we know and love. I liked the Jerome Valeska arc, it was clever to pass on the madness to the next brother, to keep the Joker alive.

Story: 22/25

The story got juicer, Bruce Wayne is becoming the main role through the season. His prophecy to become the dark knight is nicely done and Ra’s al Ghul is a great addition to the team that moulds Bruce Waynes future. I feel committed a lot more to characters than I did before, you see personal agendas more that help you to understand a character better. The structure to the narrative is better, but you get lost sometimes in what is happening.

Camera/SFX: 24/25

The effects had me excited, hooked and made me gag at how convincing they were. The attention to detail has improved massively, characters feel life like and locations look they should. You can tell the director is taking more bold choices as scenes become more thrilling and have a lot more meaning.

Performance: 24/25

Sean Pertwee has done the British proud by showing that Alfred Pennyworth is not a pushover, his emotional commit as done well to show his love for Bruce Wayne. Ben McKenzie has been fantastic at leading the team strong, his confident and dominant attitude is great for Jim Gordan and has made Gotham a good series to watch. Big improvements from most the cast, as the action and stakes are increase they start to become better versions of the characters that we know.

Season 5

Origin: 25/25

What a season to finish on, this was by far the best season. Bringing in people like Bane, the Joker, the Riddler and Penguin together made it one amazing story to tell. It has been great to watch the perspective of the villain as well as the hero. You fall in love with the criminals, suggesting we all have a darkness within us. Splitting up Gotham into different zones was a good idea e.g. Green Zone (Jim Gordan area), It made it more surreal that this could be happening.

Story: 25/25

Throughout the whole of the 5 seasons there has been two people that have thrilled, excited and made this journey a good one and that was the Penguin aka Oswald Cobblepot and Edward Nigma aka the Riddler. Their character arc have been the most interesting and they have grown as characters through the seasons. When they get together as a duo it becomes even better, they are like a double act. I loved how they flashed forward to the future to see want they are like further in their careers. It rounded off an amazing season and made me sad to see it end. 

Camera/SFX: 25/25

This apocalyptic wasteland had many challenges for the effects team, but somehow they make it look grim and war torn. With the most tense action scenes in this season. I’m over the moon that they end it like this. The big battle toward the end was epic, it had some great camera moments that had my freaking out with joy. 

Performance: 24/25

Cory Michael Smith gets a shout out as the best actor throughout the 5 seasons. His character was great to watch and he was the most likeable, even though he was a criminal who murdered people. The whole cast by the end had mastered their roles and gave DC fans a true origin story to many of these loved characters. The whole production was slowly nurtured to this point, and if they rushed it, then it would be a lot a lot different. 

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